A very feminine version of CdP (for once I think Parker nailed the wine description and Spectator was off). This wine sports minimal aromatics of violet and blackberry with present yet silky tannins and spice on the finish. The wine paired very well with chicken legs w/rosemary. Although accessible now, hold this one for 4+ years and I think it will improve immensely, with the floral notes really showcased.
Decanted and poured, this wine shows well from start to finish. This begins accessible with notes of raspberry, stone, plum and spice on the bouquet. The color is a dark ruby to almost purple. The medium/full bodied palate shows balance with forward fruit elements and enough tannins on the finish to give this some structure. This drinks well now and may benefit from an additional year or two of bottle age.
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(Domaine de la Charbonnière Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Mourre des Perdrix) Barrel sample - dark red violet color; deep red berry, dried berry, garrigue nose with high notes; tight, tart berry, dried berry, ripe plum, chocolate palate, needs 3-4 years; medium-plus finish
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